I'm kind of tired of manga atm. I tried a couple, but I'm mostly annoyed by most stories currently because of 1 major issue that can be found in almost all stories nowadays.
First one is Lady and the Beast. It's about a female emperror who reincarnates a couple of decades later into a poor noble house. Only for her to be sold to a richer noble house as the duchess, where she discovers that the duke has fallen ill to a curse that turned him into a mindless wild wolf. Thanks to her fighting knowledge she easily subdues the wolf and after some time, the duke magically returns to his human form when they both shared a bed.
So far, everything's alright. I don't mind a strong female lead in a story, especially when it's explained why she became that way. But what annoys me most is the male lead. A 35 year old virgin duke whose thoughts are displayed as follows:
I swear, I did not swap the thought bubbles.
Which brings me to the point. Why do modern stories try to make males look weak all the time? It's no wonder so many people (both males and females) start confusing their genders/gender roles when they are shown this kind of thing from a young age.
Next is Dr. Queen, which I just dropped after chapter 2. Because there was a male patient literally covering his male boobs in front of a female doctor.
And that story takes place in switzerland.
You gotta have mental issues if you're ashamed to show your upper body as a male in front of a woman, especially when you're portrayed as beautiful. I mean... did that person never go to the beach? Or the public pool? And what did that person wear in case they actually did go there? A onesie?
And both stories are korean, so it's not about the typical japanese cultural difference, where the slightest touch in public is looked at as lewd.
I don't know... I'm kind of pissed off because I can't enjoy stories anymore after I started noticing this pattern. I mean it's okay for woman to be portrayed as mentally strong. Good on them. The woman in the story has fewer hormones than most women and have clear thoughts all the time. Fine by me.
But why are males constantly portrayed as mentally weak and controlled by their insecurities and emotions, when that's usually the very minority? And worse: What does that power fantasy have to do in a romance story? Or much rather, most romance stories? I mean come on... as if being mentally weak and indecisive makes women flood from their lower lips
And no, I agree that males have insecurities, too, but lol, covering male boobs is just utterly ridiculous. I saw that kind of thing in Japanese stories as well, but mostly used for comedy, whereas Dr. Queen doesn't portray it as a joke, but as a serious issue for the protagonist.
I don't know... I need to read something good that doesn't make males look weak all the time. Maybe I'll start reading Kingdom. I only heard good things about it.